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Information Sheet: Nogoa Mackenzie Water Scheme

Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme

The Nogoa Mackenzie Water Supply Scheme was established in 1968 to meet agricultural and mining developments and the water requirements of urban communities in the Central Highlands.

The central feature of the scheme is the conservation of water of the Nogoa River by Fairbairn Dam (1.3 million ML storage capacity), near Emerald. The storage for the dam is known as Lake Maraboon, with the Selma, Bedford, Bingegang and Tartrus weirs below it on the Mackenzie River.

This fact sheet provides a summary of all the important information of water resources and supply in the region.